December 15, 2017

The Annual Internet Monk Family Series

By Chaplain Mike Hey, I have an idea. Let’s make this a Labor Day tradition. Since the Bible is our instruction book for family relationships, and since it spells out detailed instructions for every situation in life about how husbands ought to fulfill their roles as manly leaders, how wives ought to exemplify femininity and […]

A Jesus-Shaped Challenge

A passage from Michael Spencer’s Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality struck me as I was reading it recently.  I’m going to offer it to all you faithful denizens of the Internet Monastery to consider. Here’s a simple example.  Think about yourself if you had just spent three years with Jesus.  How […]

Shaped By Jesus III

By Chaplain Mike Update: We’ve had some good comments, but they have focused on academic issues. That is fine, but I’m really much more interested in how this text speaks to Jesus-shaped spiritual formation. It’s time to get back to our series, begun in June, on the Jesus-shaped life. “Shaped By Jesus” is a series […]

What’s In A Name?

I hate name tags. I really do. On the “hate” scale, I hate them more than I hate tomatoes, but not quite as much as I hate the Michigan Wolverines. About once a quarter or so, someone at church will decide that it is “Name Tag Sunday” and everyone will be greeted at the door […]

Reading Assignment

Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to […]

“Pray, Give, and Go” Believers

By Chaplain Mike I was in Chicago over the weekend, and attended Wheaton Bible Church with my wife’s sister on Sunday. It has been our habit to worship at WBC when we visit the area. WBC is an established evangelical church in what used to be the “Mecca” of evangelical Christianity: Wheaton, Illinois, near Wheaton […]

A Ray of Hope in South Florida

By Chaplain Mike No, this isn’t about LeBron James, for heaven’s sake. It’s about a pastor that I admire more every time I read something about him or by him, or hear him speak. You may not be able to pronounce his name, but you will appreciate his message. He is Tullian Tchividijian, and he […]

Shaped By Jesus II

By Chaplain Mike “Shaped By Jesus” is a series of sign-posts pointing to Jesus’ teaching and acts as the soil from which Christlike discipleship grows. We are shaped by Jesus and we are shaped to be like Jesus in his character and mission. The Spirit enables us to be with Jesus today as we live […]

Reviewers Wanted

If you have read Michael Spencer’s Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality, would you consider writing a review for it on Amazon? The more reviews, the better. Of course we want you to be honest in your assessment of the book, and rank it as you see fit. And if you haven’t […]

Shaped By Jesus I

By Chaplain Mike Now that Michael Spencer’s book has been released, and people are reading about “church-shaped” spirituality vs. “Jesus-shaped” spirituality, I’d like to explore more of what it means to be shaped by Jesus. For this series, the Gospels will be our main source material. These will not be in-depth studies but sign-posts pointing […]